ID'd 1853 Dated U.S. Springfield .69 Caliber Musket
This beautiful musket is fresh out of the family here in Middle Tennessee and was carried by John Basler of the 3rd Michigan Cavalry, Company "H". The musket was acquired from John Basler's Great-Great-Great Nephew. John Bassler was born in Switzerland in 1833 and immigrated to the United States several years before the war taking up residence in Michigan. He joined the 3rd Michigan Cavalry and they were mustered into service at Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 1, 1861 and mustered out on March 15, 1866. Interestingly John Basler was the Regimental Blacksmith which probably explains why he carried this type of weapon while serving in the cavalry. The 3rd Michigan Cavalry was involved in the Western Theatre and participated in battles at Corinth, New Madrid, Island #10, Holly Springs, Lumpkin's Mills, Iuka, and fought with General Grant during the Mississippi Campaign. In the winter of 1863-64 they were camped in LaGrange, Tennessee. They left in May of 1864 headed to Little Rock, Arkansas and assisted in driving Confederate General Shelby beyond the Arkansas River and then marched on to Alabama where they were involved in the siege of Mobile at the end of the war. John Basler moved back to Michigan and passed away on May 20, 1907 in Sanilac, Michigan and is buried in the Sanilac Cemetery.
The firearm itself is a Springfield .69 caliber musket dated 1853. It has a chocolate brown attic like patina. This musket has not been altered in any way and remains in its original condition. It is new to the market having been in the family's hands until just days ago.